Concealment of Pregnancy 2:Mother of baby dumped in a plane toilet bin claims she was raped by her employer
17th September 2010
A Philippine woman who gave birth to a baby on a flight from the Middle East and then left him in the rubbish on the plane said she was raped by her employer, a politician who has spoken to the woman said today.
The baby was found by a security guard at Manila's airport last Sunday in a rubbish bag unloaded from a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain.
The trash apparently came from a toilet on the Gulf Air jet which flew to the Philippines from Saudi Arabia.
Filipino doctors hold-on to the newborn baby found in the bin of a toilet in an aircraft that landed at Manila's international airport
Lani Mercado, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, said she met the mother, who told her that she had been raped by her employer while working as a maid in Qatar.
She became pregnant and her employer's wife forced her to return home.
Ms Mercado said the woman managed to hide her pregnancy and board a flight.
'She had labour pains in the plane. Then she gave birth.'
She said the woman told her she abandoned the baby because she was afraid of what her family would say.
Ms Mercado, who serves on legislative committees on children and women, said she met the woman at Manila's National Bureau of Investigation headquarters to try to help her.
The woman gave birth while the plane was approaching Manila, according to the bureau's chief, Magtanggol Gatdula.
The woman has been shown a picture of the child, and is 'very eager to see her baby,' he said.
The baby has been named George Francis after the Gulf Air flight code
The woman left in June last year to work in Qatar for three years, and her family was surprised when she suddenly returned home, said police Inspector Jeffrey Vicente, quoting her husband in northern Apayao province with whom she has two children.
The 6lb 9oz baby - still attached to the placenta - was found wrapped in tissue paper.
Airport officials said the baby, already bluish in colour, may have died within a few minutes had he not been found.
The baby, temporarily named George Francis after Gulf Air's flight code GF, is now fine but underwent an X-ray because of two bumps on his head, welfare officer Thelsa Biolena said. The results have not yet been released.
The 30-year-old woman was located Wednesday in Apayao after investigators set out to find the person who sat in a bloodstained seat on the plane.
Authorities brought her to Manila for questioning and testing. They did not release her name.
Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, who has custody of the baby, cautioned that authorities are still working to confirm that the woman is the mother.
She earlier said authorities plan to conduct DNA tests on the woman and the baby and that it would take at least a month to establish whether she is the parent.
'We want to be very sure that we won't ascribe this act to the wrong person.'
Ms Soliman said the mother could face criminal charges for abandoning her child.
About 20 couples, including some from abroad, have offered to adopt the boy, she said.